“I firmly believe in the power of positive reinforcement and adaptability to meet the unique needs of each individual.”
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Having witnessed the profound impact of music in young individuals' lives, I recognize the significance of imparting skills that extend beyond simply learning music. My lesson plans are designed to instill confidence and foster a genuine love for the art form. Through these plans, students gradually develop the ability to perform any piece using the practice strategies they've acquired. I firmly believe in the power of positive reinforcement and adaptability to meet the unique needs of each individual. Recognizing that everyone learns through different methods and explanations, I strive to tailor my approach accordingly. My ultimate goal is to create a fun and supportive environment that allows for personal growth to emerge organically from the student. By providing guidance and encouragement, I empower my students to take ownership of their musical journey and discover their true potential.
Name: Sarah (Full name will be provided upon registration)
I hold a Bachelor of Music degree from the University of Calgary, a Master of Music at the University of Alberta, and I am currently working on my Bachelor of Education at the University of Alberta. My musical journey began with piano lessons at the age of seven, which continued until I was sixteen. However, my main instrument is the clarinet, which I started playing at twelve and continued studying through my master's. During my musical journey, I actively participated in marching band programs within Calgary for eight years. This experience has given me a deep understanding of the valuable skills that music brings to the lives of young individuals. While focused on becoming a conductor, I still maintain my performance experience by playing with the University of Alberta Symphonic Wind Ensemble. This balance between conducting training and performance keeps my passion for music alive and enriches my overall musical experience.
My experience as a woodwind instructor for five years in a marching band has been invaluable in developing my ability to approach different students and situations without judgment. Working with school clinics has further enriched my teaching skills, as I learn directly from the students about their specific needs and challenges. I am committed to constantly improving myself as an instructor, as this directly benefits my students and helps me better meet their unique learning requirements.
Rates and Studio Policies
Registration Fee: $25.00 (One-time lifetime registration fee may be used by all family members)
Rates for instruction:
30 minute private lesson: $39.00
45 minute private lesson: $49.00
60 minute private lesson: $59.00
Travel charge: additional $15.00 per visit (for lessons in a client's home as opposed to my studio)
1. Cancellation Policy
Lessons not cancelled or rescheduled with at least 24 hours notice are billable to the client and payable to the teacher. This does not of course apply to travel fees unless the notice is effectively given at the door and the teacher has travelled to the location.
2. Cessation (quitting) Policy
A client must provide a 2 lesson notice period to stop lessons. So a weekly student needs to give 2 weeks of notice, a biweekly student works out to 3 weeks notice and a twice weekly student works out to a week of notice.
3. Illness Policy
Lessons cancelled due to illness or extraordinary circumstances with less than 24 hours notice remain billable to the client and payable to the teacher.
BAH teachers are encouraged to offer a make-up lesson at a future date in the interest of client relations and general goodwill. This only makes sense as teaching a student with the flu for example, will ruin the rest of your week's employment.
No more than 2 lessons may be made up due to illness within a 60 day period.
4. Rescheduling Policy
Any lesson can be cancelled or rescheduled with at least 24 hours notice.
Summer Vacation and Extended Absence Policy
Clients may schedule longer absences for trips etc. 24 hours notice is required.
It is normal and typical for students and about 20% of our teachers to schedule a break in the summer. We do not enforce a notice period (see cessation of lessons) at the end of a long summer break.
5. Evaluation Period
There are no free trial lessons with Beethoven at Home but we do offer a 2 lesson evaluation period where it is easy to try out a teacher. There are no free lessons during the evaluation period and clients may choose to discontinue the lessons at any time by providing the required 24 hours notice. After the student's 3rd lesson the required 2 lesson notice period will apply (see cessation of lessons above).
Lessons in your home
Sarah is available to teach in your home if you are located in the following areas
Sarah can provide online instruction. While other platforms are possible BAH strongly recommends the use of the Zoom video conferencing platform as it is optimized for music lessons and audio quality.